Utopia Studios

Utopia Studios

Profile:
British recording studio and cutting facility, opened in October 1976, located in London, UK. Owned by Phil Wainman, with original manager John Mackswith (formerly of Lansdowne Studios).

The studio originally consisted of a main recording studio and a cutting room (cutting room completed in January 1977), with a mix room and second studio being added later. The rooms were all designed by Eastlake's Tom Hidley, except for Studio 2 which was too small for a full Eastlake treatment. Before Utopia Studios, the first studio to set-up in Spencer Court was Sound Developments Studio, established in 1971 by Roger Sinclair.

Utopia was sold in 1991 to John Hudson and Kate Hudson, owners of Mayfair Studios, and was rebranded as "Mayfair Village", ultimately closing in June 1992.

Discs cut at Utopia are usually identifiable by the "lyre symbol" etched in the runout area of vinyl releases often displayed as "ƱTOPIA" or just by the "Ʊ".
Discs cut for Phonodisc Ltd. can be identified by //x UT (March 1969 until February 1979).
Discs cut for PRS Ltd. can be identified by ▽E UT (February 1979 - December 1981) and by ▽420 U (January 1982 - mid 1988).
Discs cut for Lyntone Recordings Ltd. can be identified by a tailing 1U / 2U and later by a tailing IUT or 2UT.

Known recordings engineers who worked there include:
James Guthrie,
Andy Jackson,
Tim Palmer,
Chris Brown (8),
Martin Russell,
Pete Smith,
Chris Stone

Known mastering engineers include:
Ian Cooper (1976 - 1979),
Gordon Vicary [1978 - 1981),
Kevin Metcalfe (1979 - 1983),
Steve Angel (1981 - 1988),
Miles Showell (1984 - 1989),
Geoff Pesche aka Pounda (1988)
Noel Summerville (1989-1990)
Contact Info:
(defunct)
Spencer Court
7 Chalcot Road
Primrose Hill
London NW1 8LH
UK

(defunct)
tel: +44 (01) 586 3434.
fax: +44 (01) 586 3438.
Sites:
[l266218]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1 Fascist Dictator  album cover The Cortinas Fascist Dictator(7", Single) Step-Forward Records 1 UK 1977 Sell This Version
1A 006-23988 Fly  album cover Machiavel Fly(7", Single) Harvest 1A 006-23988 Belgium 1980 Sell This Version
1A 006-23996 Money In My Wallet  album cover The Machines Money In My Wallet(7", Single) Harvest 1A 006-23996 Belgium 1980 Sell This Version
1A 062-64203 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)(LP, Album) EMI 1A 062-64203 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
1A 062-64382 Duran Duran  album cover Duran Duran Duran Duran (Album) 1A 062-64382 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
1A 062-86304 Blue Eyes  album cover The Scooters (2) Blue Eyes(LP, Album) EMI America 1A 062-86304 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
1A 064-07728 White Feathers  album cover KajaGooGoo White Feathers(LP, Album) EMI 1A 064-07728 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
1A 064-83269 La Verité  album cover Classix Nouveaux La Verité(LP, Album) Liberty 1A 064-83269 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
1A 064 2401011 Identity  album cover Zee (3) Identity(LP, Album) Harvest, Harvest 1A 064 2401011 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 064-06 716 Free Ride  album cover Marshall Hain Free Ride(LP, Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 064-06 716 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
1C 064-61 505 The Montreux Album  album cover Smokie The Montreux Album(LP, Album, Gat) RAK, EMI Electrola 1C 064-61 505 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
1C 064-62 277 Sound On Sound  album cover Bill Nelson's Red Noise* Sound On Sound(LP, Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 064-62 277 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
1C 064-64 203 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)(LP, Album) EMI, EMI Electrola 1C 064-64 203 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
1C 064-64 382 Duran Duran  album cover Duran Duran Duran Duran (Album) 1C 064-64 382 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
1C 064-83 350 Saints & Sinners  album cover Whitesnake Saints & Sinners(LP, Album) Liberty 1C 064-83 350 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
1C 064-99 089 Better By Far  album cover Caravan Better By Far(LP, Album) Arista 1C 064-99 089 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
1 C 064-99 506 Fully Interlocking  album cover Solution (4) Fully Interlocking(LP, Album) The Rocket Record Company 1 C 064-99 506 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
1C264-99 089 Better By Far  album cover Caravan Better By Far(Cass, Album) Arista 1C264-99 089 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
1C 064 24 0156 1 Don't Suppose...  album cover Limahl Don't Suppose... (Album) 1C 064 24 0156 1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 064-400 179 Any Trouble  album cover Any Trouble Any Trouble(LP, Album) EMI America 1C 064-400 179 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
1C 264 24 0156 4 Don't Suppose  album cover Limahl Don't Suppose (Album) 1C 264 24 0156 4 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
1C 064 2400181 The Politics Of Dancing  album cover Re-Flex (2) The Politics Of Dancing (Album) 1C 064 2400181 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1PKSLR 5312 Kris Ryder  album cover Kris Ryder Kris Ryder(LP, Album) Decca 1PKSLR 5312 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
2 Right To Work  album cover Chelsea (2) Right To Work (Single) 2 UK 1977 Sell This Version
2C068-15589 Love And Music (Amour Et Musique)  album cover Franck Pourcel Love And Music (Amour Et Musique)(LP, Album) Pathé, Pathé 2C068-15589 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 068 60370 Deadlines  album cover Strawbs Deadlines(LP, Album) Arista, Arista 2C 068 60370 France 1978 Sell This Version
2 C 068 61454 If You Knew Suzi...  album cover Suzi Quatro If You Knew Suzi...(LP, Album) RAK 2 C 068 61454 France 1978 Sell This Version
2C 068 - 99505 China  album cover China (28) China(LP, Album) The Rocket Record Company 2C 068 - 99505 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 070-07.728 White Feathers  album cover KajaGooGoo White Feathers(LP, Album) EMI, EMI, EMI 2C 070-07.728 France 1983 Sell This Version
2C 070-64382 Duran Duran  album cover Duran Duran Duran Duran(LP, Album) EMI 2C 070-64382 France 1981 Sell This Version
2C 266-64.382 Duran Duran  album cover Duran Duran Duran Duran(Cass, Album) EMI 2C 266-64.382 France 1981 Sell This Version
2S 068-62.520 Deltics  album cover Chris Rea Deltics(LP, Album, Gat) Magnet (2), Magnet (2) 2S 068-62.520 France 1979 Sell This Version
3 Freeze / Man Of The Year  album cover The Models Freeze / Man Of The Year (Single) 3 UK 1977 Sell This Version
003 Pak  album cover Pak* Pak(7", Single) Pak, Metropak 003 UK 1980 Sell This Version
3C 006 60650 Miss My Love Today  album cover Gilbert O'Sullivan Miss My Love Today(7") MAM 3C 006 60650 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
3C 064-15589 Love And Music  album cover Franck Pourcel Love And Music(LP, Album) Pathé 3C 064-15589 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
3C 064-64203 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)(LP, Album) EMI 3C 064-64203 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
3C 064-64 382 Duran Duran  album cover Duran Duran Duran Duran(LP, Album) EMI, EMI 3C 064-64 382 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
5C 006-98981 Gonna Capture Your Heart/The Shepherd  album cover Blue (31) Gonna Capture Your Heart/The Shepherd(7") The Rocket Record Company 5C 006-98981 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5C 062-99 506 Fully Interlocking  album cover Solution (4) Fully Interlocking(LP, Album, RE) The Rocket Record Company, The Rocket Record Company 5C 062-99 506 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
5E-518 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music) (Album) 5E-518 US 1980 Sell This Version
5F PL 74762 Anam  album cover Clannad Anam(LP, Album) RCA 5F PL 74762 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
6 CHIS 101 I Want Candy  album cover The Bishops* I Want Candy(6", Single) Chiswick Records, Chiswick Records 6 CHIS 101 UK 1978 Sell This Version
7 B.FORD 6 Beach Bump  album cover Baby Ford Beach Bump(7") Rhythm King Records, Rhythm King Records 7 B.FORD 6 UK 1990 Sell This Version
7C 064-61505 The Montreux Album  album cover Smokie The Montreux Album(LP, Album, Gat) RAK 7C 064-61505 Sweden 1978 Sell This Version
7 DEP 1 Don't Slow Down / Don't Let It Pass You By  album cover UB40 Don't Slow Down / Don't Let It Pass You By(7", Single) DEP International, DEP International 7 DEP 1 UK 1981 Sell This Version
7 DEP 2 One In Ten / Present Arms In Dub  album cover UB40 One In Ten / Present Arms In Dub(7", Single) DEP International 7 DEP 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
7 DEP 3 I Won't Close My Eyes  album cover UB40 I Won't Close My Eyes (Single) 7 DEP 3 UK 1981 Sell This Version
7N 46069 Hold On To Rock 'n' Roll  album cover Dead Fingers Talk Hold On To Rock 'n' Roll(7", Single) Pye Records 7N 46069 UK 1978 Sell This Version
7 OUS 10 Give It To Me (I'm A Man Baby)  album cover Bam Bam Give It To Me (I'm A Man Baby) (Single) 7 OUS 10 UK 1988 Sell This Version
7 WILD 1 Oscar Wilde  album cover Red Lipstique Oscar Wilde(7", Single) Charly Records 7 WILD 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
8E 068 99089 Better By Far  album cover Caravan Better By Far(LP, Album) Arista 8E 068 99089 Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
10 BFORD 6 Beach Bump  album cover Baby Ford Beach Bump(10", Num, S/Edition) Rhythm King Records, Rhythm King Records 10 BFORD 6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
10C 064-021844 Besame, Tonta  album cover Orquesta Mondragon* Besame, Tonta(LP, Album) EMI, EMI 10C 064-021844 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
10C 264-021.844 Banda Sonora Original De La Película Besame, Tonta  album cover Orquesta Mondragon* Banda Sonora Original De La Película Besame, Tonta(Cass, Album) EMI 10C 264-021.844 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
10 NMA 10 Get Me Out  album cover New Model Army Get Me Out(10", Single, Ltd, Num) EMI, EMI 10 NMA 10 UK 1990 Sell This Version
0011 Meridian  album cover The Camberwell Now Meridian(12") Duplicate Records (2) 0011 UK 1983 Sell This Version
11C 076 –– 64382 Duran Duran  album cover Duran Duran Duran Duran(LP, Album) EMI, EMI 11C 076 –– 64382 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
12 ABS 021 The Last Pop Song  album cover 1000 Mexicans The Last Pop Song (Single) 12 ABS 021 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 ABS 024 Under Construction  album cover 1000 Mexicans Under Construction(12") Abstract Records 12 ABS 024 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12ABS025 The Kiss  album cover Joolz The Kiss (Single) 12ABS025 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 ABS 026 Earth Song  album cover 1919 Earth Song (EP) 12 ABS 026 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 ABS 030 Never Mind The Jacksons... Here's The Pollocks  album cover Various Never Mind The Jacksons... Here's The Pollocks (Single, Comp) 12 ABS 030 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ABS 033 Evil Eye  album cover The Gymslips Evil Eye 12 ABS 033 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ABS 034 Death Of The European.  album cover The Three Johns Death Of The European.(12") Abstract Records 12 ABS 034 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12AD001 You're Never Too Young  album cover The Cool Notes You're Never Too Young(12", Single) Abstract Dance, Abstract Dance, Abstract Dance 12AD001 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 AD 002 I Forgot  album cover The Cool Notes I Forgot(12", Single) Abstract Dance, Abstract Dance, Abstract Dance 12 AD 002 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 ANA 12 Nowhere Left To Run  album cover The Outcasts Nowhere Left To Run(12") Anagram Records 12 ANA 12 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12BP409 Is It A Dream  album cover Classix Nouveaux Is It A Dream(12") Liberty, Liberty 12BP409 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 BP 424 Love Ain't No Stranger [American Mix]  album cover Whitesnake Love Ain't No Stranger [American Mix](12") Liberty 12 BP 424 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 bred 18 The Eyes Of Beautiful Losers  album cover Eyeless In Gaza The Eyes Of Beautiful Losers(12", Promo) Cherry Red 12 bred 18 France 1981 Sell This Version
12 BRO 67 Overkill  album cover Motörhead Overkill 12 BRO 67 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12CBL002 What Love Is  album cover Kabbala What Love Is(12", W/Lbl) Cabal Records 12CBL002 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 Cherry 23 Polar Exposure  album cover Five Or Six Polar Exposure(12") Cherry Red 12 Cherry 23 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12 cherry 30 Taboos  album cover The Passage Taboos(12") Cherry Red 12 cherry 30 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12 Cherry 36 Summer Into Winter  album cover Ben Watt With Robert Wyatt Ben Watt With Robert Wyatt - Summer Into Winter(12", EP) Cherry Red 12 Cherry 36 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 Cherry 37 Night And Day  album cover Everything But The Girl Night And Day(12", Single) Cherry Red 12 Cherry 37 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 Cherry 50 Wave  album cover The Passage Wave(12", Single) Cherry Red 12 Cherry 50 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 CHERRY 63 New Risen  album cover Eyeless In Gaza New Risen(12") Cherry Red 12 CHERRY 63 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 CHERRY 71 Going Overdrawn / Forty Winks  album cover Playgroup (3) Going Overdrawn / Forty Winks(12") Cherry Red 12 CHERRY 71 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 CHERRY 74 Sun Bursts In  album cover Eyeless In Gaza Sun Bursts In 12 CHERRY 74 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 CL 437 Have You Ever Loved Somebody  album cover Freddie Jackson Have You Ever Loved Somebody(12", Rai) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 12 CL 437 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 DEP1 Don't Slow Down / Don't Let It Pass You By  album cover UB40 Don't Slow Down / Don't Let It Pass You By(12", Single) DEP International, DEP International 12 DEP1 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12 eau 1 The Whole Of The Moon  album cover Little Caesar The Whole Of The Moon (Single) 12 eau 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
12 EMI 5137 Planet Earth (Night Version)  album cover Duran Duran Planet Earth (Night Version) (Single) 12 EMI 5137 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12EMI 5168 Careless Memories  album cover Duran Duran Careless Memories (Single) 12EMI 5168 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12EMI 5168 A Careless Memories  album cover Duran Duran Careless Memories(12", S/Sided, TP) EMI 12EMI 5168 A UK 1981 Sell This Version
12EMI 5225 We've Got The Funk  album cover Hi-Tension We've Got The Funk(12") EMI 12EMI 5225 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12 EMI 5374 Dreamer Devané  album cover Hazan Dreamer Devané(12") EMI, EMI 12 EMI 5374 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 EMI 5383 Ooh To Be Ah (The Construction Mix)  album cover Kajagoogoo Ooh To Be Ah (The Construction Mix)(12", Single) EMI, EMI 12 EMI 5383 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 EMI 5456 Strange Fascination  album cover Blue Section Two Strange Fascination(12", Single) EMI, EMI 12 EMI 5456 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 EMI 5502 Aces High  album cover Iron Maiden Aces High(12", Single) EMI, EMI 12 EMI 5502 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 EMI 5516 Young Hearts Of Europe  album cover U-BahnX Young Hearts Of Europe(12") EMI, EMI 12 EMI 5516 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12FLEX 2 The Politics Of Dancing  album cover Re-Flex (2) The Politics Of Dancing(12", Single) EMI, EMI 12FLEX 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12FLEX 4 Couldn't Stand A Day  album cover Re-Flex (2) Couldn't Stand A Day(12") EMI, EMI 12FLEX 4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
(12") FS 3 Teletron / White Man / Telecommunication  album cover Blitz (3) Teletron / White Man / Telecommunication(12") Future Records (4) (12") FS 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 FS 6 Solar  album cover Blitz (3) Solar(12") Future Records (4) 12 FS 6 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 GRAD 8 My Way Of Thinking / I Think Its Going To Rain Today  album cover UB40 My Way Of Thinking / I Think Its Going To Rain Today 12 GRAD 8 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
12 GRAD 10 The Earth Dies Screaming / Dream A Lie  album cover UB40 The Earth Dies Screaming / Dream A Lie(12") Graduate Records 12 GRAD 10 UK 1980 Sell This Version
12 HAR 5157 Dancing In The City  album cover Marshall, Hain* Dancing In The City(12", Blu) Harvest 12 HAR 5157 UK 1978 Sell This Version